Film, video and television productions based on the novel by Mary Shelley:
Director James Whale; writers John Balderston, others; featuring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Edward Van Sloan, Dwight Frye
Director James Whale; writers William Hurlbut, John Balderston; featuring Boris Karloff, Colin Clive, Elsa Lanchester
Director Rowland V. Lee; writer Wyllis Cooper; featuring Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi
Directors Erle C. Kenton, Roy William Neill, Charles Barton; writers Scott Darling, Eric Taylor, Curt Siodmak, Edward T. Lowe Jr.; featuring Lon Chaney Jr., Cedric Hardwicke, Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello
Director Terence Fisher; writers Jimmy Sangster; featuring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee
Directors Terence Fisher, Jummy Sangster; writers Sangster, Hurford Janes and others; featuring Peter Cushing, Michael Gwynn, David Prowse and others
Directors Paul Morrissey, Mel Brooks, Roger Corman, Robert Tinnell; writers Tonino Geuerra, Morrissey, Brooks, Corman, and others; featuring Udo Kier, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeleine Kahn, John Hurt, Burt Reynolds and others.
Peter Cushing returns to create new monsters, starting with The Revenge of Frankenstein.
He's baaack—again and again
It also led to several sequels, starting with The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958) with the same director Terence Fisher and same writer Jimmy Sangster (who wrote almost all Hammer's Frankenstein and Dracula films).
Cushing returns as Frankenstein, but without his friend Christopher Lee as the monster. Victor has cheated death, which seemed inevitable at the end of The Curse of Frankenstein, and now continues with his grisly experiments.
Michael Gwynn as the
hunchbacked assistant who gets
a new body
In fact, the original monster is not resurrected. Unlike the Americans, when the Brits kill off a monster at the end of a film, it stays dead. In the subsequent Frankenstein films in this series, the good doctor works on new re-animation projects.
In this movie, the closest thing to a monster is Frankenstein's hunchbacked assistant Karl (yes, the stereotype of the mad scientist's assistant is revived), whose brain is transplanted into a healthy body. The experiment goes horribly wrong, of course.
The film, however, goes quite right and is one of the most acclaimed of the Hammer horror films, alongside Curse.
After a break, Fisher made four more Frankenstein films with Cushing for Hammer studios: The Evil of Frankenstein (1964), Frankenstein Created Woman (1966), Frankenstein Must be Destroyed (1969), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974).
Of this batch, the 1969 film is considered the best and the 1964 flick—in which the "monster" is a beautiful young woman's body containing her lover's soul bent on revenge against some local dandies—is the worst, possibly the worst film ever made by Hammer Films.
The studio also threw in another one in 1970, Horror of Frankenstein, without Fisher or Cushing, but the attempt to introduce a young, hip Frankenstein flopped.